A-Z Book List: J for Jokes

I am not a big fan of non-fiction. I tried, I swear. But it always puts me to sleep faster than any sleeping methods I have tried. My serious reading days are over I think. But that doesn’t mean I haven’t bought books that are non-fiction. There is no specific reason as to why I would buy a book. It can range from ‘I like that title’ to ‘I am intrigued by its success’  to ‘I loved the blurb’ to ‘I have read it once and I need to have this book for later reading’. Today’s book is one that I picked because of the title.

Name: Joking Around by Osho

Genre: Non-Fiction, Philisophy

I have to admit that I haven’t read this book fully. I bought it at a sale somewhere (not evne a book sale) and have had it for a very long time. What I usually do with this book is: Pick it up, randomly select a page, go through the chapter or the story (yes, this has some stories as a way of answers) and keep it back. That way it is more fun. I remember reading a nice chapter about ego. Do I believe in OSHO? I don’t know much about him or his views to form an opinion. We did try to visit his ashram in Pune on one of our trips but we ended up very late in the hour and it was closed. I am not sure when I will finally complete this book. But I have got it with me in paperback. So I can go back to it whenever I feel like it. I definitely need to be in a particular frame of mind to read such books and grasp what they are trying to tell. And with the work and other stuff, it is very rare for me to get to that space. Will definitely update you all when I eventually do (hoping that I will still be blogging and y’all still be reading my blog)… 😉

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Levels of happiness

I recently heard it in a philosophical speech (which my dad was listening to and I just got enough patience to listen to one line of it while I was walking that way) that there are three levels of happiness.

  1. Pleasure
  2. Joy
  3. Bliss

The person gave a single line comment for all three which caught my ears.

  1. Pleasure is physiological in nature. It is associated with our senses and is dependent on something or someone.
  2. Joy is philosophical in nature. It is more of a state of being and is more related to oneself
  3. Bliss is the out of the world feeling that one gets when they attain that sort of nirvana.

Only these three lines stayed with me and the rest did not even enter my ears :). So I did a little digging and seems like these are Osho’s teachings on Joy. I am not one for reading philosophical books , at least not now. Except that in the excerpt it says that he indicates another item after Pleasure and before Joy as Happiness. So in his version it is

  1. Pleasure
  2. Happiness
  3. Joy
  4. Bliss

I am not sure how much to go with it or if I really want to have a Happiness as an level apart from Joy. Because they seem to be more of less the same, except for some small difference. But doesn’t hurt to have them now do they.

Seems like except for Bliss, other three have their opposites

  1. Pleasure – Pain
  2. Happiness – Sad
  3. Joy – Misery

That got me thinking of instances when I felt each of them, except for Bliss, of course. If I had attained that, I don’t think I will be here. I might be in a very secluded area/state enjoying my bliss wouldn’t I ?

  1. Pleasure – When I get my hair massage done. Might seem very frivolous but have you got that done once in a while. Try it, especially if you are really stressed out, nothing like it. I really enjoy my hair massages which I get done once in every 4 months or so.
  2. Happiness – When I get a picture of some thing or some place the way I like it To be portrayed. That doesn’t happen very often but when it does , to see that I am able to capture the beauty of the nature the way I see it, it gives me happiness
  3. Joy – Hmmmm…this is the difficult one. Because this kind of philosophical state is not my cup of Tea. But if I have to say one incident which gives me joy is when my nieces and nephew see me after a long interval and come running to me and give me a big hug. To be loved by those kind hearts gives me joy like nothing else.

Do you remember the instances where you felt the three or the four of these levels of happiness ? Care to share?